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Book Reviews: The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown Of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

By Ashley C. Richardson

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The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown Of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

By Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer
Hatchette Book Group (2012)

For many years Khalid Sheik Mohammed was a ghost, a shadowy background figure who was relatively unknown and deemed unimportant by most of the intelligence community. The CIA originally believed that Bin Laden lacked importance and that Al-Qaeda posed no threat to the United States. In the wake of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 (“9/11”), investigators intensified their focus on Al-Qaeda and Bin Laden, who publicly took responsibility for the act, but failed to see the actual mastermind behind the years of planning.

In The Hunt for KSM, former Los Angeles Times reporters Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer tell the engaging tale of the almost decade-long hunt for Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the alleged mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks. It would be more than a year and a half after 9/11 before Mohammed was captured in Paki

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